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Navy, DHS, State make strides in the cloud

When it comes to reducing costs and wasteful spending at agencies, IT managers are being leaned on heavily to get the job done. The Navy is moving ahead with its technology efficiency and consolidation initiative by putting the brakes on spending for new servers, server upgrades and data centers. “We are reevaluating what all of [...]

Tags: AFCEA Bethesda , Data center consolidation , DHS , IT , Navy , State , Virtualization

Tuesday - 01/18/2011, 06:17pm EST

Cloud computing tips from NASA’s Chris Kemp

NASA’s Nebula Cloud Computing Platform has gotten a lot of attention from agencies looking to move into the cloud. Chris Kemp, the Chief Technology Officer for IT at NASA, spoke with Federal News Radio about his agency’s use of the cloud and how that has morphed over the years. Initially, the Nebula cloud was developed [...]

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Sunday - 01/02/2011, 08:07pm EST

2011 – the year of cloud computing?

Cloud computing began to take center stage in the federal IT community during the last few months of 2010. And Ed Meagher thinks that trend will continue in 2011. Meagher is the former deputy chief information officer at the Veterans Affairs Department and the Interior Department. He’s now vice president of health care strategy at [...]

Tags: cloud-first policy , Ed Meagher , IT , security , VA

Sunday - 12/26/2010, 03:12pm EST

Recovery.gov discusses cloud success

In 2009, Recovery.gov was created as a way to follow the money being handed out through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Michael Wood, director of Recovery.gov, told Federal News Radio using the cloud has been a major contributing factor to the website’s success, starting with the redesign of Recovery.gov. Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud was [...]

Tags: Amazon , Federal Tech Talk , John Gilroy , Michael Wood , RAT Board , Recovery.gov , transparency

Sunday - 12/19/2010, 08:27pm EST

Virtualization key for future of Bureau of the Public Debt

IT managers from large agencies and small agencies alike are looking at virtualization to help them save money and streamline processes. On this week’s Ask the CIO program, Kim McCoy, chief information officer at the Bureau of the Public Debt, discussed her agency’s plans in this arena. McCoy told Federal News Radio her agency, along [...]

Tags: Ask the CIO , Bureau of the Public Debt , Data center consolidation , Jason Miller , Kim McCoy , Treasury , Virtualization , Ask the CIO , Bureau of the Public Debt , Data center consolidation , Jason Miller , Kim McCoy , Treasury , Virtualization , Ask the CIO , Bureau of the Public Debt , Data center consolidation , Jason Miller , Kim McCoy , Treasury , Virtualization

Sunday - 12/19/2010, 07:02pm EST

OMB releases details of cloud-first policy for agencies

The use of cloud computing is one of the major aspects of the administration’s “25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management.” OMB recently announced a cloud-first policy for agency IT programs moving forward. Last week, OMB released more details on its cloud computing plans for agencies.    Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller [...]

Tags: cloud-first policy , Data center consolidation , GSA , IT reform , OMB , Vivek Kundra , cloud-first policy , Data center consolidation , GSA , IT reform , OMB , Vivek Kundra

Sunday - 12/12/2010, 06:15pm EST

Great week for Microsoft’s cloud services

Two good pieces of news for Microsoft on the cloud computing front. Microsoft has received its FISMA certification. Microsoft CTO Susie Adams said in a company blog post, “Adding FISMA to our existing list of accreditations provides even greater transparency into our security processes and further reinforces our commitment to providing secure cloud computing options [...]

Tags: email , FISMA , Microsoft , USDA

Sunday - 12/12/2010, 05:36pm EST

All eyes on GSA’s cloud move

GSA announced last week that it has hired Unisys to move its e-mail to the cloud. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller reports agencies and vendors are closely watching the move as a “proof of concept for the rest of government.” Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra admits if GSA shows moving its e-mail to the [...]

Tags: GSA , OMB , Unisys , Vivek Kundra

Monday - 12/06/2010, 04:32pm EST

How Benefits.gov uses the cloud to its advantage

Many federal agencies are contemplating the use of the cloud. But Benefits.gov has already made the jump according to program manager Curtis Turner. Part of the reason – to reduce costs on equipment maintenance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides the Labor Department with the hosting environment for the site. “Part of their mission is [...]

Tags: Benefits.gov , Curtis Turner , DOL , USDA

Monday - 11/29/2010, 08:38pm EST
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OMB announces ‘cloud first’ policy for agencies

Big news this week on the cloud computing front. Agencies are being required by the Office of Management and Budget to adopt a “cloud-first” policy as part of the 2012 budget process. Jeff Zients, chief performance officer and deputy director for management at OMB, made the announcement during a speech at the Northern Virginia Technology [...]

Tags: Data center consolidation , IT , Jeff Zients , OMB , Vivek Kundra

Tuesday - 11/23/2010, 06:03pm EST
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